University Announces Changes to the Spring Semester Calendar

October 28, 2020

As the University of Hartford community works together to fight the spread of COVID-19 this fall, plans are well underway for the spring semester. Students will continue to experience blended approach to education, which will include in-person classes, as well as hybrid, remote, and online courses. As always, plans depend upon ongoing guidance from the state of Connecticut and public health officials.

Academic Calendar

Changes to the spring academic calendar will allow for a longer break, as well as the change to get through the worst of the winter flu season and reduce the number of campus openings and reopenings. These changes include starting the spring semester 12 days later than previously scheduled and eliminating spring break. Keeping students on campus without having a spring break helps prevent travel-related risks and avoids complications caused by the state travel advisory. Many peer institutions in the state and across the country are following a similar strategy.

Although there will not be a spring break, the University will create opportunities for downtime throughout the semester, during which the University will offer some additional fun events.

Spring schedule:
  • Classes Begin: Monday, Feb. 1
  • Classes End: Friday, May 7
  • *Final Exams Begin: Saturday, May 8
  • Reading Day: Sunday, May 9
  • Final Exams End: Friday, May 14

*There are only a few courses that typically meet on Saturdays for exams

Students will be required to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test before moving onto campus or, for commuters, before starting class.

Other Key Updates

Residential Life

Residence halls close for the fall semester on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 p.m. Students who finish in-person classes prior to Nov. 24 are encouraged to leave for break at their earliest convenience.

Travel Restrictions

The University is extending international travel restrictions on University-sponsored travel in an effort to protect the campus community. In compliance with the CDC's recommendation that Americans avoid nonessential travel, all University-sponsored international travel, including study abroad, will remain restricted for faculty, staff, and students. The University continues to actively monitor guidance from the State Department and the CDC with the intention of changing or removing restrictions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

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